International Applicants

In addition to the general application requirements, international students must submit additional documents and test scores to be considered for admission.


English Language Proficiency

All students who are not U.S. citizens are required to submit evidence of English language proficiency by submitting an acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score. English language test scores may not be more than two years old from the time you apply. If you submit multiple scores, your most recent score will be used. When sending your TOEFL scores to us, please use the Institutional code 5246. An institutional code is not required to send us your IELTS score; instead, please have the testing center send the official scores to us directly.

The university's minimum scores are as follows:

  • TOEFL: 80 on the internet-based test (ibt), 550 on the paper-based test (pbt)
  • IELTS: Overall band score no less than 6.0, no individual band score less than 5.0

Many of our programs have a higher minimum score. Please refer to the Graduate Program Finder page of the minimum scores for your program.

To be eligible for funding you must have the following minimum scores:

  • TOEFL: 100 on the internet-based test (ibt), 600 on the paper-based test (pbt)
  • IELTS: Overall band score no less than 7.0, no individual band score less than 6.0

English Language Waiver

Exceptions to the above policy will be granted if you have the following:

  • You hold a degree (or will complete one before starting at GW) that includes at least two years of full-time study in which English is the language of instruction AND the official language of the country in which the university is located; OR
  • You hold a degree (or will complete one before starting at GW) from an institution that is accredited to be a U.S. regional accrediting agency.

You do not have to apply for any of the waivers above. Simply submit your application without the required scores.


I-20 Documents

The application for admission provides you with the opportunity to upload documents for you to apply for an I-20. These documents are not required when you apply; your application will still be reviewed without them.

However your admission to the program may be slightly delayed if you have not uploaded the documents. If you are admitted and have not included adequate evidence of financial support then you will receive a letter notifying you that you have been accepted, but an official offer of admission will not be sent until you provide the necessary documentation.


Health Insurance

All international students on an F-1 or J-1 visa are required to have adequate health insurance. As a result, all students will be automatically enrolled in the George Washington University plan. You may apply to opt-out of plan providing you have your own insurance plan and it meets all the university's minimum requirements. More information can be found on the Student Health website.

Scholarship Aid for Eligible International Students

A new graduate funding initiative is available to citizens from Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria and Turkey. Learn more.

A Global Perspective

Alumna’s Artwork on Display at VSTC

Marian Osher, GW MFA ’72, was afraid to fly for three years after her flight was detoured on 9/11. Her in-flight fascination with the textures and abstractions of the earth and clouds inspired her to create colorful mixed-media paintings and wall hangings that helped her to overcome her fear of flying.

Digging Up D.C. History

Don’t tell archaeologist Kate Birmingham, MA ’10, that discoveries are only made in far off deserts. With the National Park Service, the Museum Studies alumna is bringing history home, uncovering the District’s history of Native American settlements and shocking slave plantations.

Alumna’s Book Charts Path to ‘Mr. President’

How do you address the first leader of a brand new country? For George Washington, the possibilities ranged from “His Majesty” to “Mr. President.” In her book For Fear of an Elective King and as the featured speaker at this year’s George Washington Lecture, Kathleen (Kata) Bartoloni-Tuazon, MPhil ’06, PhD ’10, recalled the great presidential title controversy of 1789.

A Dance of Their Own

For two dancers, the MFA dance program offered more than an opportunity to hone their skills and further their professional ambitions. It provided an artistic forum to explore their cultural identities through deeply personal performances. 

Color Me Cautious

Coloring books for adults may be a bestselling craze, but Donna Betts cautions the public to look between the lines and not mistake them for art therapy.